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Rural women key to achieving Global Goals by 2030
The challenges faced by rural women in the context of the SDGs were discussed at a side event jointly organized by IFAD, FAO, UNWomen and WFP on 18 March
How development agencies can drive rural transformation
Last year world leaders negotiated and agreed on a plan to end poverty and inequality in the next 15 years, adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap to tackle the world's most troubling problems. However, achieving such an ambitious agenda – in addition to massive global cooperation and an increase in development resources – will require new approaches and solutions that go beyond official development assistance.
Building a successful business in China
Zhang Danying is a striking and impressive woman. This 55-year old businesswoman from China’s Shaanxi province owns two multi-million dollar companies. Looking as successful as she does professional in her business suit and pearl earrings, it is hard to believe that less than 20 years ago she was unemployed and desperate.
Ending hunger while growing a garden
25 September 2015 – Priscilla Mkhatshwa never dreamed that she could one day plant a garden in the hot and dry region of Lubombo in eastern Swaziland.
Reducing hunger while promoting local foods
25 September 2015 – It is early in the morning and Coumba Ndoffen Sene and his family are eating breakfast in the Niakhar village in Senegal. Today, there's
Reducing poverty through access to new markets
Thenks to IFAD-supported project, Amara Koroma improved production methods and sustainable farming, and gained access to new markets.
Promoting gender equality in Morocco
25 September 2015 – Fatima Ait Lhoussine lives in a remote village in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Not long ago, the only jobs she could do were household
How working migrants and their families can shape development at home
Financing the ambitious post-2015 development agenda is a challenge that will require innovative approaches that go beyond traditional sources of development
Drought, desertification and avoiding the next big global food shortage
13 June Rome – Over the past year severe droughts and floods have ruined harvests and left nearly 100 million people in southern Africa, Asia and Latin America facing food and water shortages.
Recipes for Change: Nicaragua rice and black/red beans
Black beans originate from the Americas, with southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica as the main producers. Areas with rainy summers and mild temperatures (about 20°C yearly average), create the ideal climatic conditions for black beans.
Recipes for Change: Sechu Sa Nku (Mutton Stew)
Climate change – including rising temperatures, and a greater frequency of droughts and extreme rain events – is negatively affecting local communities living in rural parts of Lesotho. Lesotho ranks 158 out of 186 in the United Nations Development Programme UNDP Human Development Index. Poverty is concentrated in the rural parts of the country, being greatest in the mountain areas.
Improving a community while fighting climate change
25 September 2015 – Bidhan Krishna Sarker never expected to become a farmer. Born in the remote Netrakona district in northern Bangladesh, his family lived
Ending extreme poverty through household mentoring
25 September 2015 – Generous Batebekyera wasn't always a successful maize and bean farmer in the village of Malere in western Uganda. A widow supporting
Improving livelihood througth livestock
25 September 2015 – Annonciata Nsekugabanye never imagined she would one day be able to provide a dignified life for her family. A seasonal labourer
Reducing hunger through agricultural cooperatives
An IFAD-funded project teach farmersin El Salvador how to develop a viable business and marketing plan, and identify needs for technical assistance.
Recovering lost traditions
Teófila Betancurth has spent over a decade fighting to preserve the traditional crops of her African and Latin American ancestors. Through the Chiyangua
Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique
14 January 2016 – João Marcus Costa is a cassava farmer from Manjacaze, Mozambique. Like many Mozambican farmers, João's small cassava field used to face constant threats from drought, disease and pests.
Transforming desert land into a profitable fruit oasis
25 September 2015 – It was only a few years ago that Wafaa Abu Shanab took a leap of faith and left the city, moving her family to the desert in West Noubaria,
Cashing in on cows
The IFAD-supported Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) shows how investing in agriculture can transform lives and rural communities.
The importance of drinking water supplies for rural women
"A village hand pump or standpipe reduces the burden of water transport over long distances…" --Rural Povery Report, p. 97 THEME: Lack of convenient access
Water breathes new life into an isolated mountain village in Tajikistan
Tolib Yormahmadov and villagers lay water supply lines from a mountain spring 2.5km from the village Rome, 22 March – Tolib Yormahmadov lives in a valley
Water, Rural Livelihoods, Jobs and Food: Planning a Sustainable Future
With access to water and training, Priscilla began to plant maize, beans, peas and sweet potatoes to sell in local markets and also began to produce chickens
Celebrating International Youth Day 2015
Today's generation of young people – defined by the United Nations as those aged 15 to 24 – is the largest in history. An estimated 87 per cent of the world's young people live in developing countries, and the majority live in rural areas. However, in the world's poorest countries, opportunities for youth are often limited or non-existent, leaving them marginalized politically, economically and socially.
The Power of Knowledge: how access to information could reduce conflict and increase food security in the Arab world
The Arabspatial knowledge platform emerged as part of the IFAD-IFPRI partnership to promote open-access data and M&E tools for the Arab World. Not a day
Burkina Faso Farmers Working Together for a Better Future
Smallholder farmers from the Sahelian part of Burkina Faso are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures are accelerating
Why are rural youth leaving farming?
Unemployment for youth is a growing concern in Africa. Youth account for 60 per cent of all unemployed, according to the World Bank. 6 April, Rome – Rural
Access to land and water critical for smallholder farmers
12, November 2015 – A few years ago environmental specialist Ray Gama began working with small farmers in Swaziland's Lubombo region, an area known for
Climate change poses new challenges for farmers in central Ecuador
Francisco Don Pacho Garcés is a farmer from Ecuador and the president of the local small farmers’ association for Fray Mariano Benitez. He has seen first-hand
How an innovative 'sand' dam is causing a rush for water in Somalia
In the sub-regions of Maaroodi-Jeex and Awdal, in the arid and semi-arid region of Somaliland, an innovative water management solution is helping small farmers stay in business despite the changing weather patterns.
The benefits of bamboo: support for livelihoods, the environment and women’s empowerment
An IFAD grant-supported programme has demonstrated the enormous potential of bamboo in contributing to rural poverty reduction in several countries in